Covering Your Bases: Rhyming, Ordering, and Recapping

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After reading the poem, Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, scholars examine each stanza in order to complete the challenge—organizing stanzas to recreate the poem in its correct order. A grand conversation follows the activity detailing learners' experience, feelings, and overall comprehension of the poem.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pose the lesson's closing questions on a classroom blog or as a written reflection in pupils interactive English language arts journal
  • Cut and laminate stanzas for continued use, keep them safe in an envelope while not in use 
  • Differentiate instruction—assign different poems that meet the needs of specific learners and their reading levels
Classroom Considerations

  • Casey at the Bat's reading level is best suited for third to fifth grade
  • The author writes like she is speaking casually to another teacher

  • Provides details and tips to assist in successful lesson implementation 
  • A popular theme—baseball—enhances engagement 

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